UC Santa Barbara Emeriti Association Report

Fall 2016



Along with the RetireesŐ Association, a quarterly newsletter continues to be published and distributed.   http://www.hr.ucsb.edu/sites/www.hr.ucsb.edu/files/docs/Fall%202016.pdf

Spring 2016 Spring Get-Together

The Spring Get-Together was held, in conjunction with the UCSB RetireesŐ Association, on April 18 at the Mosher Alumni House.  In addition to a social hour, it featured a presentation about new and planned building projects on the UCSB campus by Marc Fischer, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services. Approximately 50 guests attended the event.

UCSB Emeriti Association Research Awards

The UCSB Emeriti Association held its annual competition to recognize outstanding scholarship by UCSB undergraduates. Judging took place at the May 17, 2016 UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium for the best entries in three major discipline areas: Humanities & Fine Arts; Physical Science, Mathematics, and Engineering; and, Social Sciences and Psychology.

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium is a campus-wide event that entails a day-long poster session held at the UCSB University Center.  This year there were 226 posters on display.  These highlighted the research and creative activity of over 200 undergraduates, who were mentored by over 100 UCSB faculty.  Twenty-two UCSB emeriti served as judges.  The judges received written project descriptions in advance of the event, then spent several hours studying the posters and talking with the undergraduate researchers.  They then met with their fellow judges to discuss the entries and to decide on the distribution of the awards. 

Over $2,000 was awarded, based on the quality of the research presented, and on the skill and clarity of the presenter's discussion.  Funding was made possible by emeriti donations.  The Emeriti Association awards are the only awards given at this event.

ChancellorŐs Reception for 2016 Retirees

The second annual ChancellorŐs Reception for new retirees and emeriti was held on May 24 at the Mosher Alumni House.  Inaugurated last year on the initiative of the UCSB Emeriti and Retirees Associations, this festive event is co-sponsored by the associations and the office of the Chancellor.  Chancellor Yang honored some 50 guests.


Emeriti Mentorship Program

A subset of the Emeriti Association Board met twice over the summer with the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education and her staff about the possibility of emeriti faculty serving as mentors to would-be undergraduate researchers.  A pilot mentoring program will be inaugurated this fall quarter.


Submitted by Bill Ashby, CUCEA representative for UCSB